Relief Share donations to the hospital of baby items and more are filled with love!By
Relief Share volunteers and donors are creating miracles in the lives of the sick and needy. Three wonderful donations came in the past few days and added to the items the volunteers were making, donations to the hospital and other individuals brought joy and relief to those in need.
A special knitting volunteer from Woodlands, TX sent a huge package of darling knitted baby hats of all colors. They are so soft and snuggly, sure to be loved by new babies and their families. There was even a darling wee baby cocoon and hat set in the package! Thank you so much for all your love and work!
Many hours of selfless charity work are spent in knitting what is needed. Babies can’t regulate their body temperature as effectively as kids and adults because their bodies have more surface area by weight, causing quicker heat loss. Babies also don’t have as much insulating body fat, especially sick or premature babies. Keeping babies warm helps them stay healthy and comfortable.
Putting a soft hat on the head of a newborn helps adjusts the amount of heat based on the newborn’s body temperature. After newborns have left the hospital, you can keep them warm with a hat–babies lose large amounts of heat through their heads–and by swaddling them in a blanket or one of our Relief Share baby cocoons.
Relief Share volunteers and donors also enjoy providing the sick and needy children with comfort toys and items to distract them from the trauma they are experiencing. It is fun to find and provide items to make children happy. The nurses love to give the items we provide them with for the children to the little ones. It’s always a blessing to see tears turn to smiles.
We have a special angel donor named Kate N. from Missouri. She sent a wonderful box of goodies to Relief Share to help the sick children and also adults! Look at all of the wonderful things she sent!
Distraction is a great way to help manage a child’s pain and anxiety. Providing a sense of security in the hospital environment is also done with toys and other comfort items. Watching a child scared and uncomfortable is traumatic to families. It is wonderful to see the scared faces, pinched in pain, turn to smiles and giggles after being given a coloring book and crayons to entertain and a snuggly soft teddy bear to provide a gentle tactile reminder that everything will be okay.
People young and old respond to their environments. From paint color to location, environment can play a critical factor in a child’s sense of security—and perception of pain. Thank you so much to all the volunteers and donors that supply the much needed items to ease a difficult time.
We want to mention that Kate was thoughtful in also providing adult clothing, children’s clothing and flannel for Relief Share volunteers to sew into cuddly receiving blankets.
Note: We never have enough flannel and the hospital never has enough receiving blankets for their patients to take home – please consider donating flannel material The flannel that Kate sent is adorable and sure to bring many smiles to the faces of the new Moms. <3